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TWITTER TIPS

Twitter TipsIf you are used to using Facebook and other Social media sites, Twitter can seem like a different planet.

Some are GREAT on it, nonetheless, it is a huge source for finding people. Twitter can give you the opportunity to chat in real time with people at any given moment, but beware, it moves SUPER Fast.

May I suggest a Twitter Management tool to make it less out of this world, or make it a bit more easy layout to manage.

This is a site I suggest using, again in conjunction to other stuff, but DON’T take time away from what is working, facebook, instagram etc, to focus on this, it is something that may take a bit to get.

Use the last 10 minutes of your day each day to learn something new about twitter.

TWEETDECK can be your savior.
http://www.tweetdeck.com

Here is a How-to use Tweetdeck To Help You

Now here are your Twitter Tips

Customize

Change your profile picture. Use a picture of yourself to make it seem more personalized if this is your personal Twitter account.

Utilize as much of the 160-character limit Twitter BIO space allows. Include keywords your followers or potential followers may be searching for.

Create your own background image. However, do not make the image too much like an ad or sales pitch. The background image must be less than 800k and we recommend a size of 1600×1200 for a large image or smaller if you plan on tiling the image or just having it on the left-hand side. Finally, keep in mind that smaller resolutions and monitor sizes will hide much of the background.

Third-Party Tools

Take advantage of the hundreds of different third-party online tools and services that enhance your Twitter experience. Below are a few of our favorites.

TwitPic – Take advantage of TwitPic to post pictures on your tweets. If you want to post pictures while away from the computer, use the Twitterificapp.

Qwitter – Great service that sends an e-mail any time someone unsubscribes from your Twitter profile and mentions a possible Twitter post you made that may have caused them to leave.

Manageflitter – Fantastic site for managing your followers and getting an easy to read overview of people not following you back, quiet users, and inactive users.

WeFollow – Great website that allows you to add yourself to a listing of Twitter users by tags you find interesting

Hootsuite-– Scheduling posts– MY FAVE

Tweetbeat – An excellent site that takes the trending topics on Twitter and gives you a clearer explanation of present and past trending topics.

TwitterMeme – Another great location to find the hottest links on Twitter.

Twitter Grader – Great service that grades any Twitter account and gives you additional details and ranking information

Twitter Fan Wiki Apps – Finally, this wiki has a listing of several hundred different Twitter applications and tools for users wanting more.

Use Twitter search

Take full advantage of the Twitter search tool. Below are just a few tips that can help improve your search capabilities on Twitter.

Search for your website or blog URL and see if others are mentioning your page.

Search for anything near you by adding near:”city state”. For example, typing near: “Salt lake city Utah” club would return current tweets that have happened in Salt Lake City, Utah with the keyword club in them.

Find people who you may enjoy following by searching for keywords that interested you

If you do not want tweets with links add ? -filter:links at the end of your search query.

Need more options, use the Advanced Twitter search.

Any time you get excellent results click the “Save this search” button to save that search. These searches can then be found under “Saved Searches” on the right-hand part of your profile on the old Twitter interface or under the “Searches” tab next to your timeline on the new Twitter interface.

Followers

Engage followers.

Do not follow too many people. No one is going to follow someone who is following thousands of people but only has 10 followers.

Retweet interesting posts.

Retweet and participate in conversations with people with a lot of followers.

Realize it is impossible for anyone to read every tweet.

When first joining do not follow hundreds of people, doing this may mark you as a bot.

Create useful and interesting tweets.

Try making all your tweets informative, useful, or funny.

Do not post mundane posts, e.g. eating a bowl of cereal.

Add hastags to your tweets. For example, if your tweet is about computers, consider adding #computer in the tweet.

Tweet frequently. No one is going to follow someone they do not know who has not tweeted in months. Try at the very least to tweet a few times a week or daily if you can manage.

Do not whine or complain. Everyone will unfollow anyone who constantly whines or complains.

Try making your valuable tweets during the times people will most likely see them.

Keep some space available in your tweet in case someone retweets your post.

Use special characters in your tweets.

Know the lingo

Know the Twitter lingo, these are just a few examples: @reply, Direct Message (DM), Follower, Hashtag, Retweet (RT), Trending Topics, andTweet. See the Twitter description for a full listing of Twitter terms and Lingo and related terms.

Follow the masters

Following a few of the masters of Twitter and Social Networking will give you an understanding of how to tweet better, posts to RT, and inspiration for tweets of your own.

Below are the top ten Twitters

@GuyKawasaki
@Scobleizer
@jeffbullas
@briansolis
@tonyrobbins
@kevinrose
@timoreilly
@donttrythis
@zappos
@brainpicker

Twitaholic – A full listing of the top users on Twitter based on Followers. This is a terrific service to find and follow the top users and possibly incorporate some of the ideas they are doing on their account.

Tip: Many of the first few hundred people are celebrities on Twitaholic, if they do not interest you skip the first page.

Create and use listsTwitter lists are an excellent method of filtering filter through the people you follow. To create a list, click the Lists link and thenCreate a list. You can also make lists in tweetdeck with colums to view them.

Go Mobile

Apple iPhones, Blackberry phones, Android phones, Windows phone 7 phones, and most of the other smart phones have Twitter applications. Take full advantage of these applications. For users who do not have smart phones Twitter also has extensive support for SMS, which can send tweets over a text message.

Advertise

Mention your Twitter page as many places as you can, e.g. your business card, e-mail signatures, web page, blog, Facebook.